Published May 30, 2016 13:54
Riding a bike to school – around the world, it’s a daily ritual for children and youth which helps them start their day refreshed, energized and ready to learn. Research demonstrates that active school travel helps kids do better in school, while also getting the exercise the need.
But sadly, in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, fewer children bike – or walk – to school than ever before. This worrying trend has motivated educators, transportation planners, health promoters and community members to come together and envision ways to change our collective travel habits.
Bike to School Week is an opportunity for today’s busy families to discover that biking to school is possible and even preferable! Many schools have received Cycling Education Kits and other incentives. They will be tracking students’ bike trips to school, offering safety activities, hosting contests, and more. With this campaign, the GTHA is joining other jurisdictions across Canada and the United States which promote cycling to school in May and June.
In 2015, 144 schools registered events for during and around Bike to School Week in the GTHA, and over 16,000 students participated. For 2016, registration has doubled to over 280 schools! And registration is still open at biketoschoolweek.ca. We can’t wait to hear the stories – tweet #biketoschool @bikemonth and @smartcommute to share.